Brandon Beachy made his long-awaited debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night. The right-hander toed the rubber with Los Angeles looking to win a fourth consecutive game and claim a series victory over the Milwaukee Brewers with the All-Star break two days away.
Beachy’s first three pitches of the game were all for ball. After managing to get a strike over, Gerardo Parra lined a leadoff single into center. He was erased on a 4-6-3 double play, which was followed by Ryan Braun being retired on a dribbler in front of the plate.
Conversely, Taylor Jungmann had a much easier first inning of work, retiring the side in order. Carlos Gomez drew a one-out walk in the second, and it was followed by Beachy also walking Aramis Ramirez. The right-hander then settled in and retired the next two batters to end the inning.
After hitting a broken-bat single to center, Yasmani Grandal was off on a full-count pitch to Yasiel Puig that was a fly out to shallow center. Grandal didn’t locate the ball early enough and was doubled up at first base to end the inning. A Jungmann leadoff single in the third marked the start of a long inning for Beachy.
Braun clubbed a curveball to left-center field that hit the fence, ricocheted off Andre Ethier’s leg and bounced over the wall. It was called a ground-rule double, which forced Jungmann to stop at third base as opposed to scoring. Brewers manager Craig Counsell spoke with the umpiring crew, who initiated a review and upheld the original call.
Still with two outs, Adam Lind was intentionally walked to load the bases. The decision proved to be costly as Gomez drove in three with a double to left-center out of Ethier’s reach on a leaping attempt.
After Ethier drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the third, Jimmy Rollins made solid contact but grounded right to Lind for the start of a 3-6-3 double play. Jungmann then struck out Beachy to complete the shutdown inning.
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